Monica & Simon’s Sikh Wedding Ceremony at Ragley Hall

Monica & Simon’s Sikh Wedding Ceremony at Ragley Hall

The sky was a brilliant blue & the sun blazing as I made my way to photography Monica & Simon’s Sikh wedding at Ragley Hall, a magnificent Palladian mansion nestled within an estate of 450 acres of grounds & parklands located in Alcester, Warwickshire.

Ive been lucky enough to photograph a number of Weddings at Ragley Hall as well as corporate events, their official fireworks & even a Halloween special but Monica & Simon’s Sikh Ceremony would be the 1st I had photographed there.

Simon had said the day would be non stop beginning with him riding in on a horse & end James Bond style. I was pretty much prepared for anything 🙂

I met with Simon’s Grooms men at the bottom of the long winding driveway which leads up to Ragley Hall.  The beautiful white mare was being prepared for her part in the ceremony- decorated with colourful adornments.  The horse must be white, as it represents peace and submissiveness of the powerful horse to the groom. Simon arrived dressed in a ornate white Sherwani, elaborately decorated with intricate gold stitching and red buttons.  Simon looked truly royal during the Baraat, as his made his way towards the entrance with his friends & family singing folk songs and dances.

The Milni followed (the official meeting of both families) where key male family members from both sides exchange garlands and greet each other, symbolising the acceptance of two families into one. Not to be out done on either side, the lifting of each other got higher & higher much to the delight or all the guests watching.

After Monica & Simon’s wedding ceremony, steeped in traditional rituals, the guests enjoyed tea & sandwiches on the patio in the beautiful sunshine, accompanied by music played by a saxophonist.

We gathered the families together for some family shots & then had a little bit of time to take Simon & Monica off around the stunning grounds for a few shots of them as the newly weds.

The lavish celebrations continued in the  beautiful dinning hall within Ragley were family & friends enjoyed a traditional Sikh banquet.

An emotional singing solo by Simon’s daughter followed the speeches & if that wasn’t keeping me on my toes enough 😀 Monica & Simon when straight from a cake cut in to their first dance where their bridal party flash mobbed the dance!

The evening certainly didn’t slow down or stop there… The entire lower level of Ragley hall had been decked out in a James Bond style casino theme so that their evening of entertainment & merriment could continue.

My time drew to an end & I bid my fair wells to Monica & Simon & their Casino Royale.

Here are just a few images taken from Monic & Simon’s Wedding

Wedding at Ragley Hall Wedding at Ragley Hall

If you or someone you know is getting married in Warwickshire or even further afield please get in touch with me.

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Wedding Photography at Swallows Nest Barn | Lisa & Adam’s Wedding

Wedding Photography at Swallows Nest Barn | Lisa & Adam’s Wedding

I love photographing at wedding venues across Warwickshire and all over the Midlands & it’s nice to get the opportunity to go to a new venues. I hadn’t photographed a wedding at Swallows Nest Barn before so I was looking forward to exploring around the venue 🙂

Lisa & Adam had booked Stuart & I to photograph & film their wedding. They had chosen to get married at St Alphegs in Solihull. St Alphege’s is not only a beautiful 800 year old Grade 1 Listed church but it also holds a personal significance for myself as it was my grandparent’s parish church.

After a beautiful service, a number of more traditional small family group photographs Lisa & Adam had asked during our pre wedding meeting if I would photograph & edit a special confetti shot – like an example they’d seen on my website from another wedding. Of course I was more than happy to oblige 🙂

Lisa & Adam’s wedding reception was being held at Swallows Nest Barn, which is a reinstated 19th Century barn – steeped in character and set in a valley of private farm land in the heart of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

Although a tad windy the sun was shining and with a quick change for Lisa from her beautiful bridal shoes into slightly more practical white wellies :-).  Lisa, Adam, Stuart & I went off to explore. After spending a little bit of time photographing some lovely couple shots using the pretty  backdrop of the wooded area, green fields & little brook we headed back to the barn for the remaining group shots.

Lisa & Adam had asked Stuart & I to film & photograph their wedding from the bridal prep through until the 1st dance. The speeches encompassed every emotion & I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room!

The evening kicked off with the cutting of the cake straight into Lisa & Adam’s 1st dance.

At the pre wedding meeting Lisa & Adam had also asked if I would mind going out with them, early evening, to the corn fields at the front of the Swallows Nest Barn.  With some ideas in mind, a little entourage of  inquisitive children in tow & my camera bag of random lights, umbrella and sparklers,  we headed off down the lane. As the evening drew to an end my head was already excitedly buzzing with the photographic edits, particularly the confetti shot & night time images.

Below are just a few wedding photographs captured from Lisa & Adams special day. Their full gallery of images can be viewed in the Client gallery. Please ask Lisa & Adam for their password.

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

St Alphege wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

St Alphege wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

St Alphege wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

St Alphege wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

St Alphege wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

St Alphege wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

St Alphege wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

St Alphege wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

swallows nest barn warwickshire wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

swallows nest barn warwickshire wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

swallows nest barn warwickshire wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

swallows nest barn warwickshire wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

swallows nest barn warwickshire wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

swallows nest barn warwickshire wedding photography

Warwickshire wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

swallows nest barn warwickshire wedding photography

 

If you or anyone you know is getting married at Swallows Nest Barn, having a Warwickshire wedding or special event you need photographing around the Midlands please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For more details please also take a look around my full site : Victoria Jane Photography

 

Recent photos from Grace & Philipp’s Wedding

Philipp and Grace had a wonderful wedding day at Hampton Manor near to Solihull. It was a cold but bright day and such a lovely location for a wedding. Grace and Philipp made a lovely couple with Grace looking absolutely stunning in her dress.

Hampton Manor in Hampton in Arden

Wonderful location for a special wedding

First glimpse of Grace’s outfit – and a few special touches!

First glimpse of the dress ... Wow!

Guests from around the world enjoyed a lovely service conducted by the registrars from nearby Solihull. It’s always nice when we are given freedom to take pictures during the service…..but we don’t distract by using flash.

Grace and Philipp's Service

A cold day but the weather held for us. I absolutely love this photograph of Grace. It was extremely bright one minute and cloudy the next throughout the afternoon but the light in this one was just right!

A Gorgeous Bride!

A great time was had by all in the evening. It was really nice to see the cultural mix of German guests, New Zealanders and some of Grace’s family from the Philippines. Some great dancers were on show!

A Lovely First Dance

I’ve taken two weeks to go through the 1400+ images that Gary and I took on the day. I’ve chosen about 330 of my favourite images and put them on the password protected area of my website. If you were a guest at the wedding or if you know Grace and Philipp and you’d like to see the other photos please contact Grace. I’m afraid I won’t give out the password without her permission. I do this to protect the privacy of all my clients, especially where images of children are included.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little taster of my wedding photography.